Coralina Margarita Crowned Patron Tequila’s 2017 Margarita of the Year!

It seems so long ago that we shared the amazing event that was the Patrón Tequila 2017 Margarita of the Year event and competition. Seven bartenders from around the world battled it out with their take on a modern margarita, check out our Exclusive Patron Margaritas for International Margarita Day coverage. After enjoying all of their creations, guests voted for their favorites and left the final decisions to the illustrious judges. Well, the votes have been tallied and a decision has been made. After a long deliberation (the event was two months ago), Patron Tequila finally has their 2017 Margarita of the Year winner. And the winner is……. the Coralina Margarita, created by Mexico City bartender Riesler Morales.

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1.75 oz Patrón Reposado
.75 oz Patrón Citrónge Orange
.75 oz Simple syrup
1 oz Fresh lime juice
.5 oz Red Wine (Mexican, or other)
+ Sugar-salt rim*
Combine Patrón Reposado, Patrón Citrónge Orange, simple syrup and lime juice in a shaker tin; add ice and shake vigorously. Strain mixture into a chilled cocktail coupe rimmed with sugar-salt rim.* Carefully float red wine on the surface of the cocktail and garnish with a lime wheel.

*Sugar-salt rim:
Pulverize .25 cup dried hibiscus (that’s a flower for those not in the know) in a spice grinder. Add in a .25 cup of sugar and a .25 cup kosher salt, then pulse the mixture until combined.

Riesler wanted to craft a cocktail that had the simplicity and elegance of a classic Margarita, but with the interesting and unexpected ingredients that marry so nicely with Patrón tequila (check out the man in action in the photo above). The Coralina Margarita was inspired by an ocean sunset (that’s easy to see with its dual colors that mirror the sky at sundown), combining the oaky notes of Patrón Reposado, perfectly balanced with the citrusy flavors of Patrón Citrónge Orange, together with red wine and hibiscus.

Cocktail lovers, you’ll definitely want to try this winning cocktail. You should definitely check out the recipe above. This margarita was a favorite, definitely in our top five. We want to know, is this the winner you predicted? Share your thoughts on the Patrón Tequila 2017 Margarita of the Year winner with us.

Recap: Patron Tequila Margaritas Custom Crafted by International Bartenders

To say we had a great time celebrating International Margarita Day with Patron Tequila is an understatement. Before we had a fantastic time honoring the day, we gave you guys a sneak peek at seven never before seen margarita recipes from across the globe, all of which we had the pleasure of enjoying at the Patron Tequila Margaritas celebration. The evening was nothing short of amazing, with a night full of spectacular cocktails, great music, and amazing eats.

Surrounded by all things Patron, including the very stylish ponchos worn by staff members (we so want one), we had the very difficult task of voting for our favorite Patron Tequila Margarita out of the seven amazing cocktails that were on-hand to indulge in. If you read our previous post which is linked at the beginning of this post, you note the margarita nominees for 2017’s Margarita of the Year were the creations of the following mixologists: Shaun Gordon of Truman Tavern, Hemant Pathak of Junoon, Mindy Kucan of Oregon, Alexander Kady of Denver, Reisler Morales of Mexico City, Sophie Bratt of England, and Max Greco of Australia. Our plan of attack was to just head down the line of stations and enjoy the margaritas one after the other.

Along with these amazing drinks, we indulged in the seven Patron Tequila Margaritas in popsicle form, thanks to Popbar and their handcrafted treat on a stick. All of the seven margaritas were perfectly duplicated in this delicious frozen treat.

As if the seven exclusive margaritas weren’t enough, we also had the opportunity to create our own, using our own choice of fresh fruit and other ingredients to our very own signature margarita using the onsite Patron Produce Market and available Bar Chefs. We’re not on the sam level as the above creative mixologists, but we think ours turned out pretty damn delicious.

Another treat for us was the introduction to what will surely be a huge hit with cocktail aficionados, Cocktail Courier, who delivers the world’s best cocktails, right to your door.

We ended the evening quite sated and happy and especially loved getting to take home a personalized Patron Tequila Hand Squeeze Juicer. For more photos from the event, check out our slideshow below:

Patron Margarita of the Year: A Winner is Crowned

The time to select the Patron Margarita of the Year winner out of the top three has finally arrived and Patron celebrated the announcement with an amazing interactive experience that ended with a spicy favorite being crowned. Upon first entry, we were treated to ice cream versions of the three finalists’ margarita creations, as well as the classic margarita, the Hacienda Margarita by Andres Moran of Guadalajara, thanks to boozy ice cream makers, Tipsy Scoop.

Out of seven competitors, three finalists, Jordan Corney of San Antonio, Rosie Ruiz of Los Angeles, and Stephen Halpin of Dallas, were chosen by voters for their creations on Along with photos, we also captured video snippets of the mixologists preparing their cocktails.




After enjoying several scoops of the delicious boozy ice cream, we hit up each of the Patron Margarita of the Year finalists’ stations to get reacquainted with the final three cocktail finalists, enjoyed some delicious fare and great music, donned a patron apron to create our own Patron cocktail in the Patron Margarita Lab, using a variety of Patron Tequilas, fresh fruits and vegetables from the onsite Produce Market, and a vast array of spices from the Spice Station. after selecting our ingredients, we were directed to a Bar Chef who helped us create our perfect cocktail.

For our cocktail, we chose Patron Silver, Patron Citronage Mango, Ginger, Pear, Blueberries, and Raspberries. Our spices, which would become our rim salt/sugar, included Ginger, Lemon Peel, Basil, Lavender, Cayenne Pepper, etc.

Our cocktail, which we named Queen of Spirits, was wonderfully delicious and we’re definitely going to try these ingredients combination at home. To see the video of our cocktail preparation, check out the video below:

After our run at the Bar Chef station, we proceeded to get our aprons screen printed with our favorite Patron Margarita of the Year artwork and get a Patron Juicer customized with whatever we wanted to be engraved on it, we went with Spirits Queen (a nickname given to us by a friend

As we mentioned earlier, this event was amazing and interactive. After a night of quite some fun, it was time to announce the winner. John Paul DeJoria, Co-Founder of Patron Tequila (you also know him as the co-founder of Paul Mitchell Hair), introduced the three finalists and announced Jordan Corney and his spicy Rose Picante Margarita was the night’s winner. No surprise there since he has been in the number one spot from the day voting initially started.

What an amazing event and a wonderful way to celebrate mixologists. Are you up to try a spicy margarita? Did your favorite win the Patron Margarita of the Year title? Let us know in the comments below.

Vote for your Favorite Patron Margarita of the Year

Our relationship with tequila has always been an apprehensive one but we must admit, we can’t resist a delicious margarita, so when Patron Tequila asked us to try out their candidates for their Patron Margarita of the Year competition, we didn’t hesitate. You may remember our somewhat recent article introducing the cocktail competition, The Patrón Tequila Search for Margarita of the Year and National Margarita Day, well today we’re sharing the delicious drink candidates and how you can vote for your favorite Patron Margarita of the Year…bar crawl style.

Our first stop on the margarita bar crawl was Blockheads, where we indulged in some outstanding Mexican fare, and pre-gamed with a delicious Frozen Margarita (we could drink multiple of these), and a Tequila Daisy. While sipping on those delicious drinks, we got to know more about the Margarita with Patron’s Evolution of the Margarita guidebook, authored in part by Cocktail historian David Wondrich (shown above). Next stop on the bar crawl was Mother of Pearl where we enjoyed sampling all the modern-day margaritas competing for the coveted Patron title of Margarita of the Year.


The seven modern margaritas include the Smoked Macaconda Margarita by Stephen Halpin from Dallas, the Stargarita by Bettina Barnoczki from Miami, the Rosa Picante Margarita by Jordan Corney from San Antonio, The Resting Garden Margarita by Ryan Brown from Tampa, the Winter in Jalisco Margarita by Laura Newman from Brooklyn, The Re-Margarita by Rosie Ruiz from Los Angeles, and the Hacienda Margarita by Andrés Moran from Guadalajara, Mexico. We tried all seven (a very difficult feat as the night went on, and the drinks kept flowing) and we have our favorites which we’ve been voting for.

To vote for your favorite, log onto, and vote for your favorite modern margarita recipe and help select the Patron Margarita of the Year.


The Patrón Tequila Search for Margarita of the Year and National Margarita Day

Did you know, much like fashion, margaritas come in a variety of styles? In addition to the classic recipe, margaritas can also be spicy, smoky, herbal, tropical, etc. In honor of National Margarita Day, we’re going to highlight a few of the delicious, non-traditional margarita styles (as well as a classic), made with Patrón Tequila and created by some of the most gifted bartenders, who are all competing in the Patrón Tequila Search for Margarita of the Year competition (more on that below). Today we highlight three favorites that not only wowed us with their visually pleasing aesthetic but with their creativity in flavor as well.

Rosa Picante Margarita, a Spicy margarita
Created by Jordan Corney, Bohanan’s


2 oz Patrón Silver
.75 oz Fresh Lime Juice
.5 oz Simple Syrup
.5 oz Ginger Syrup
.5 barspoon Jalapeño Oil or a Fresh Jalapeño Slice
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake with ice to chill. Strain into a chilled cocktail coupe that has been half-rimmed with rose sea salt, and top with a dash of rose water. Garnish with a rose petal, if available.

Stargarita, a Tropical margarita
Created by Bettina Barnoczki, Faena Hotel


1.5 oz Patrón Silver Infused with Mint Tea*
.5 oz Patrón Citrónge Mango
.5 oz Fresh Lime Juice
.5 oz Star Fruit Puree or Muddled Star Fruit
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake with ice to chill. Strain over fresh ice into a salt-rimmed Collins glass. Garnish with a slice of starfruit and a lime wheel.

* Patrón Silver Infused with Mint Tea:
Steep 4 mint tea bags per 12 oz of Patrón Silver for 30 minutes. Remove teabags.

Hacienda Margarita, the classic margarita
Created by Andrés Moran from Guadalajara, Mexico

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1.5 oz Patrón Silver
.5 oz Patrón Citrónge Orange
.5 oz Fresh Lime Juice
.25 oz Agave Nectar
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake with ice to chill. Strain over fresh ice into a double old-fashioned glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Have we peaked your thirst level yet? We’re certainly ready for one of these delicious margaritas to toast the day and are counting the minutes until 5 pm. As we stated above, top bartenders from across the U.S. and Mexico (seven to be exact) are competing in the Patrón Tequila Search for Margarita of the Year competition, creating recipes for seven different styles of margaritas (herbal, spicy, smoky, savory, modern, tropical and classic), based on what they think makes the #PerfectMargarita, be it their personal influences, culinary trends, the local flavors from their hometowns, etc. The competition starts today, National Margarita Day, with the winning “Margarita of the Year” recipe being revealed on Cinco de Mayo. The best part is you, our fellow margarita lovers, can log in to, and vote for your favorite recipe starting today, until April 15th.

The seven competing cocktails were created by Stephen Halpin from Dallas (smoky margarita), Bettina Barnoczki from Miami (tropical margarita featured above), Jordan Corney from San Antonio (spicy margarita featured above), Ryan Brown from Tampa (herbal margarita), Laura Newman from Brooklyn (savory margarita), Rosie Ruiz from Los Angeles (modern margarita), and Andrés Moran from Guadalajara, Mexico (classic margarita featured above).

will you raise a glass to this classic cocktail tonight? Will you help Patrón Tequila Search for Margarita of the Year? What’s your favorite margarita style? Share your thoughts in the comments.